Do you see yourself a traveler or a tourist?

There is always been a debate about who is a tourist and who is a traveler. I have read a lot of blog posts about the difference of both but it seems to me that one is not necessarily better than the other. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary a traveler is someone who is traveling or who travels often and moves around from place to place instead of living in one place for a long time while a tourist a person who travels to a place for pleasure. For me, I think I can be both. Everybody travels in a unique way, for reasons of their own, and as long as they’re enjoying themselves, then they’re doing things right. These labels are just simply how people describe them.  Travelers are tourists, just like how tourists are travelers.

So most of the time, I’m a tourist. I will go to all sorts of places where most tourists go. I have been always so curious about the world that I would see major attraction and wonders of the world before my eyes. When I visited Europe, I took a lot selfies of me in front of all the famous landmarks and it was a dream come true. I went on tours and met annoying groups. I can’t wait to go back there. Other times, I go on vacation to purely relax, breathe fresh air and seize the day. I travel alone on a shoestring budget with my backpack and immerse to locals to experience how they live each day. Eat exotic street foods in Bangkok, ride a bike to around temples of Siem Reap and take public transit or walk always make travelers seem like young and adventurous. Southeast Asia is the best place to experience this.

To explain this in a simple way, I found an infographic from, which explains the argument:


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine


“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck


. “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang


“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch


“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson


. “Traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi


“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck


. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller



“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux


“Good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu



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1 Comment

  1. I really think that this traveler vs. tourist hullabaloo is bullshit, another way of labeling people. Why can’t we all just travel in peace, why do we have to be called a this or a that? We all travel differently, there is no right or wrong way of doing it. Some do it for pleasure, some stay in luxurious hotels, some do it cheaply, some take guided tours, some stay in a place for longer periods, while some just want to see the tourist spots? I find people who tell the people that they are just “tourists” arrogant. If you are traveling to a place that is not your own you’re a freaking tourist, so why label the others as such?

    Before you wonder, I am not angry hahaha… But seriously this is one of the weird travel issues I feel so strongly about. i just don’t get it. We are all allowed to travel the way we want it.


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